McConnell Delays Health Care Vote As McCain Recovers From Surgery

McConnell Delays Health Care Vote As McCain Recovers From Surgery

McConnell Delays Health Care Vote As McCain Recovers From Surgery

Shortly after McCain's office released the statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell clarified what the news meant for the vote on the Republican health care bill planned for next week.

U.S. Senator John McCain had surgery yesterday to remove a blood clot and will not be in Washington D.C. next week to vote on any health care measures, his office said today.

McConnell gave no new timetable for the vote when he announced the delay late Saturday, saying only that the the Senate will "defer consideration" of the bill while working on other matters. John McCain, R-Ariz., recovers from eye surgery to remove a blood clot.

As Republicans work to replace the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have taken up a challenge to improve the existing health insurance marketplace.

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The Congressional Budget Office will not release a score on Monday for the Senate's revised health care bill, pushing the upper chamber's consideration back while Sen. John McCain's emergency eye surgery.

"I have never known a man more tenacious and resilient than John McCain", Jeff Flake said. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V), Dean Heller (R-N.V.), Lisa Murkowski (R-A.K.) and Rob Portman (R-O.H.) have expressed reservations about the controversial bill, which, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released July 14, is now viewed unfavorably by 61% of Americans. McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at home.

McConnell said that in McCain's absence the Senate would continue its work on other legislative matters and nominations by President Donald Trump to fill various positions throughout federal agencies. McCain is taking time to recover based on the advice of his doctors, the statement said.

Before McConnell can even schedule a vote on the bill itself, he needs to round up 50 votes for a technical measure called a "motion to proceed". As a result, McCain will remain home with his family in Arizona to recover over the next week. He later blamed the way he acted on staying up late to watch his Arizona Diamondbacks play.

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